27 cities around the world where expats are happy, rents are affordable, and jobs are plentiful

Madrid, Spain, took the third spot on the list of best cities for expats.

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Madrid, Spain, took the third spot on the list of best cities for expats.
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  • InterNations recently released its 2017 list of the best cities for living and working abroad.
  • City rankings are based on survey responses from nearly 8,000 people in 40 countries.
  • For each city, we also compiled cost-of-living estimates from Numbeo’s database.

If you’re thinking about living abroad, the best people to ask for tips might be the people who have already done it: expats.

InterNations, an expatriate network and global guide, put together a list of the best cities for living and working abroad, according to expats they surveyed.

To compile the data, InterNations surveyed 7,985 expats living in 40 countries. A city had to be mentioned at least 45 times to be included. City rankings were determined based on the quality and cost of urban living, quality of work life and finances, and ease of settling into the city.

We also noted the cost of necessities (and beer) there, based on figures from Numbeo. All amounts are in US dollars and are current as of November.

Here are the best overall cities for expats in 2017.


27. Stockholm, Sweden

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 12.8% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $1,406.43 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $74.58

Commuter pass: $98.96

Cappuccino: $4.33

Domestic beer: $7.15


26. Cape Town, South Africa

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 59.1% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $716.30 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $58.33

Commuter pass: $24.20

Cappuccino: $1.62

Domestic beer: $2.07


25. Kampala, Uganda

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 65.4%

Monthly:

Rent: $234.87 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $51.57

Commuter pass: $29.90

Cappuccino: $2.10

Domestic beer: $1.10


24. Munich, Germany

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Luisa Fumi/Shutterstock

Cost of living compared with New York City: 21.8% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $1,057.55 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $257.57

Commuter pass: $75.83

Cappuccino: $3.36

Domestic beer: $4.43


23. Zurich, Switzerland

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Bumble Dee/Shutterstock

Cost of living compared with New York City: 36.4% higher

Monthly:

Rent: $1,842.98 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $167.61

Commuter pass: $84.36

Cappuccino: $4.93

Domestic beer: $7.03


22. Vienna, Austria

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REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

Cost of living compared with New York City: 25.8% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $922.85 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $195.74

Commuter pass: $52.51

Cappuccino: $3.64

Domestic beer: $4.20


21. Seoul, South Korea

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 17% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $824.89 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $149.51

Commuter pass: $49.11

Cappuccino: $4.10

Domestic beer: $3.13


20. Hamburg, Germany

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 23% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $854.88 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $259.92

Commuter pass: $102.92

Cappuccino: $3.34

Domestic beer: $4.43


19. The Hague, Netherlands

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared to New York City: 18.7% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $987.94 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $149.17

Commuter pass: $81.67

Cappuccino: $3.10

Domestic beer: $4.67


18. Berlin, Germany

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 29.7% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $874.85 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $270.39

Commuter pass: $94.49

Cappuccino: $3.06

Domestic beer: $3.62


17. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Cost of living compared with New York City: 28% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $1,882.28 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $172.85

Commuter pass: $66.66

Cappuccino: $4.45

Domestic beer: $10.67


16. Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 8.8% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $1,610.99 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $268.13

Commuter pass: $46.67

Cappuccino: $3.71

Domestic beer: $5.83


15. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Cost of living compared with New York City: 34.5% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $1,816.94 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $103.92

Commuter pass: $21.78

Cappuccino: $4.90

Domestic beer: $9.53


14. Auckland, New Zealand

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 17% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $1,208.88 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $131.34

Commuter pass: $138.01

Cappuccino: $3.11

Domestic beer: $6.04


13. Budapest, Hungary

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Reuters/Bernadett Szabo

Cost of living compared with New York City: 52.2% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $499.23 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $180.43

Commuter pass: $35.56

Cappuccino: $1.51

Domestic beer: $1.68


12. Muscat, Oman

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Jose Alonso/Flickr

Cost of living compared with New York City: 48.5% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $755.79 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $59.87

Commuter pass: $25.97

Cappuccino: $4.39

Domestic beer: $7.79


11. Mexico City, Mexico

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 62.8%

Monthly:

Rent: $482.29 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $39.07

Commuter pass: $15.70

Cappuccino: $2.02

Domestic beer: $1.57


10. Frankfurt, Germany

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 21.2%

Monthly:

Rent: $1,059.52 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $242.30

Commuter pass: $101.23

Cappuccino: $3.28

Domestic beer: $4.67


9. Basel, Switzerland

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 29.9% higher

Monthly:

Rent: $1,351.15 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $208.64

Commuter pass: $80.30

Cappuccino: $5.29

Domestic beer: $8.03


8. Bangkok, Thailand

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 45.8% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $636.70 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $83.45

Commuter pass: $30.25

Cappuccino: $2.18

Domestic beer: $2.01


7. Johannesburg, South Africa

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 56.9% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $480.83 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $68.83

Commuter pass: $34.50

Cappuccino: $1.67

Domestic beer: $2.07


6. Barcelona, Spain

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REUTERS/Albert Gea

Cost of living compared with New York City: 34%

Monthly:

Rent: $990.58 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $153.77

Commuter pass: $58.35

Cappuccino: $2.00

Domestic beer: $3.27


5. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 16.1% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $1,646.41 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $179.19

Commuter pass: $104.92

Cappuccino: $3.18

Domestic beer: $5.25


4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 55.6% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $540.08 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $52.45

Commuter pass: $29.85

Cappuccino: $2.53

Domestic beer: $3.58


3. Madrid, Spain

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 35.2%

Monthly:

Rent: $919.92 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $138.04

Commuter pass: $63.65

Cappuccino: $1.97

Domestic beer: $3.26


2. Prague, Czech Republic

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Rostislav Glinsky/Shutterstock

Cost of living compared with New York City: 49.5% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $703.08 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $184.45

Commuter pass: $25.09

Cappuccino: $2.12

Domestic beer: $1.60


1. Manama, Bahrain

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Wikimedia

Cost of living compared with New York City: 42.1% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $940.43 for a one-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $84.00

Commuter pass: $39.74

Cappuccino: $4.59

Domestic beer: $9.27